As a huge Valentine’s Day gift for manga fans, Viz Media announced many new titles that will be published and released for the English language market this upcoming fall. The titles range in different genres from many familiar creators such as Paru Itagaki and Junji Ito, as well as well-known titles such as Dandadan and Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe.
Yukinobu Tatsu’s Dandadan was among the first titles to be announced for English publication. The series has enjoyed considerable success with readers, amassing a total of 22 million views on the Shonen Jump+ app. It made its debut in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump online magazine and MANGA Plus on April 6, 2021. Three tankoubon volumes have been released so far.
Announcement: A nerd must fight powerful spirits and aliens all vying for the secret power of his “family jewel,” so who better to fight alongside him than his high school crush and a spirit granny?! Dandadan by Yukinobu Tatsu drops Fall 2022. pic.twitter.com/AEWQZsfh9e— VIZ (@VIZMedia) February 14, 2022
MANGA Plus describes the series as:
Ghosts, monsters, aliens, teen romance, battles…and the kitchen sink! This series has it all! Takakura, an occult maniac who doesn’t believe in ghosts, and Ayase, a girl who doesn’t believe in aliens, try to overcome their differences when they encounter the paranormal! This manga is out of this world!
A handful of manga titles featured in Weekly Shonen Jump will also be receiving physical publication for the English market this fall.
Hitsuji Gondaira’s rom-com spy thriller Mission: Yokazura Family first debuted on August 26, 2019 and has so far collected 11 tankoubon volumes in total.
Announcement: Being the head of a spy family, Mutsumi’s friendship with Taiyo is put to the test when her overprotective brother seeks to kill him. The solution? Get married! Mission: Yozakura Family by Hitsuji Gondaira releases Fall 2022. pic.twitter.com/jGE8AbKnQm— VIZ (@VIZMedia) February 14, 2022
The manga series is described as:
Taiyo Asano is a super shy high school student and the only person he can talk to is his childhood friend, Mutsumi Yozakura. It turns out that Mutsumi is the daughter of the ultimate spy family! Even worse, Mutsumi is being harassed by her overprotective, nightmare of a brother, Kyoichiro. What drastic steps will Taiyo have to take to save Mutsumi?! A spy family comedy – the mission begins!
Kouji Miura’s badminton sports rom-com Blue Box manga will also be published this coming fall. It first debuted on April 12, 2021 and has published three collected tankoubon volumes.
Announcement: Taiki plays badminton. Chinatsu plays basketball. Do these sports-crossed lovers stand a chance? Blue Box by Kouji Miura drops Fall 2022. pic.twitter.com/3wEmEoFMe0— VIZ (@VIZMedia) February 14, 2022
MANGA Plus describes the series as:
Taiki Inomata is on the boys’ badminton team at sports powerhouse Eimei Junior and Senior High. He’s in love with basketball player Chinatsu Kano, the older girl he trains alongside every morning in the gym. One Spring day, their relationship takes a sharp turn … And thus begins this brand-new series of love, sports and youth!
The Hunters Guild: Red Hood by Yuki Kawaguchi was a short-lived dark fantasy manga series that was a take on the famous Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The manga was serialized from June to November 2021 with two tankoubon volumes released so far. A final third volume will be released on March 4, 2022.
Announcement: A grim take on Grimm tales, where the hunted become the hunters, The Hunters Guild: Red Hood by Yuki Kawaguchi drops Fall 2022. pic.twitter.com/eMOXbdU1k0— VIZ (@VIZMedia) February 14, 2022
MANGA PLUS describes the manga as:
The winner of the 14th Gold Future Cup rookie manga competition now launches as a full series! Unique art captures the unfolding battle between hunters and werewolves. Who will win this battle to the death, man or beast? This grim fantasy tale with tons of style begins the hunt in Shonen Jump!
Paru Itagaki’s one shot manga Drip Drip will also be published for the first time in English this coming fall. The Beastars creator first released the manga on December 25, 2020 in the seinen magazine Weekly Manga Goraku. The story centers on a woman who gets a nosebleed whenever she touches anything dirty. This predicament is made more complicated in her affairs with men and search for love.
Announcement: Drip Drip is a one-shot graphic novel, with a massive nosebleed, from the unique imagination of Paru Itagaki, creator of Beastars! Releases Fall 2022. pic.twitter.com/VL3LUEpy3h— VIZ (@VIZMedia) February 14, 2022
Junji Itou will release another new work this coming autumn called Black Paradox. The prolific sci-fi thriller follows four strangers who meet up for a planned group suicide, only to encounter a bizarre world that gives them their perfect end. The book also collects two one shot stories titled The Licking Woman and Mystery Pavilion respectively.
Announcement: Black Paradox, Junji Ito’s legendary sci-fi thriller about four people in search of the perfect death, releases Fall 2022. pic.twitter.com/2T9O5avnJQ— VIZ (@VIZMedia) February 14, 2022
Chainsaw Man creator Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Look Back will also be published as a single-volume story. The slice-of-life drama debuted in July 2021 on Shonen Jump+. It follows fourth grader Ayumu Fujino who struggles to make her ideal manga after being outclassed by a truant student.
Announcement: Look Back is the heart-wrenching single-volume story about the struggles of being an artist, from Tatsuki Fujimoto, the creator of Chainsaw Man. Releases Fall 2022. pic.twitter.com/vmxV4VryrK— VIZ (@VIZMedia) February 14, 2022
Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe — a spinoff to JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure — comes from the mind of creator Hirohiko Araki and will drop this coming fall. The series first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump on July 7, 1997 and has been published on an irregular basis since. Two tankoubon volumes have been released so far and the manga inspired a four-episode OVA series adaptation from David Production and a live-action television drama.
Announcement: A spinoff of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure universe, straight out of Diamond is Unbreakable, comes Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe by Hirohiko Araki. Drops Fall 2022. pic.twitter.com/sOuj19Vmr3— VIZ (@VIZMedia) February 14, 2022
Another interesting book Viz Media will publish later this year is The Shonen Jump Guide to Making Manga. As its title suggests, creators and editors from Shueisha and Shonen Jump will offer their tips, tricks, and advice in this extensive guide. The book will also include behind-the-scenes look at manga creation and big industry secrets. Featured commentary will include words from Eiichiro Oda, Kohei Horikoshi, and many more amazing Shonen Jump artists.
Announcement: The creators and editors behind The World’s Most Popular Manga share their tricks, advice, and secrets in The Shonen Jump Guide to Making Manga, featuring commentary from Eiichiro Oda, Tite Kubo, Kohei Horikoshi, and more. Releases Fall 2022. pic.twitter.com/KLME78pzri— VIZ (@VIZMedia) February 14, 2022
Wataru Momose’s Romantic Killer will also be released in full-color later this year. The manga follows a young woman who is suddenly transported to a world filled with only handsome men. The series began as a web comic submitted to LINE’s Manga Indies before being picked up for serialization by Shonen Jump+ in 2019. Four tankoubon volumes collecting 39 total chapters were published and the series ended in 2020.
Announcement: When gamer Anzu gets transported to a world of hot guys, it’s like she’s in a dream…someone else’s dream! The full-color adventure Romantic Killer, by Wataru Momose, drops Fall 2022. pic.twitter.com/JWTlKLbvOw— VIZ (@VIZMedia) February 14, 2022
The shoujo romance series Rainbow Days will also receive a physical release for the first time in English. The manga is written and illustrated by Minami Mizuno and ran in Bessatsu Margaret from 2012 to 2017. It also inspired a 24-episode anime series from Production Reed in 2018, with Funimation streaming the series. The story follows four close high school friends who provide support through the rollercoaster of love and life.
Announcement: Four male friends support each other through the colorful ups and downs of teenage love. Rainbow Days by Minami Mizuno drops Fall 2022. pic.twitter.com/xZkYW88Nep— VIZ (@VIZMedia) February 14, 2022
Lastly, Yoko Komori’s josei slice-of-life manga Mermaid Scales and the Town of Sand will also be published in English for the first time. It was first serialized from 2013-2014 in the now-defunct magazine YOU. Two volumes collecting 12 total chapters were released and published. The manga centers on a four-year-old girl named Tokiko who’s saved by a mermaid after wandering into the sea. Years later, she returns to the small town and is drawn to a strange boy who brings up strong memories of that event.
Announcement: Are merpeople real? Mermaid Scales and the Town of Sand, by Yoko Komori, is a beautifully drawn tale that tries to answer that question. Drops Fall 2022. pic.twitter.com/NcGy2CxEIX— VIZ (@VIZMedia) February 14, 2022
Source: Viz Media Official Twitter